Visual and Performing Arts

The Visual and Performing Arts Division at Franklin Pierce incorporates and exhibits the five strands of an arts program: artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and application.Filming in the Fitzwater Center

Mass Communication
Mass Communication is one of the fastest growing fields of inquiry to emerge in higher education. Our program of study places an equally high emphasis on academic accomplishment and practical professional expertise in the areas of journalism and media production. It also seeks to instill in students an understanding of the management and entrepreneurial skills that are required to succeed in an increasingly complex and fast-paced industry. In Mass Communication, students find a dynamic, competitive atmosphere, room for artistic expression, small class sizes, and close interaction with faculty. A major and minor in Mass Communication are offered with concentrations in Journalism, Media Production and Media Studies.  In conjunction with other departments, Mass Communication also offers coursework leading to interdisciplinary certificates in such areas as Information Technology, and interdisciplinary Women in Leadership Certificate.

The Music Department encourages every member of the Franklin Pierce community to get involved in music. Our program welcomes students looking for a major, a minor or just someplace to play or sing. We offer a wide array of opportunities for instrumental and vocal study, performance, music theory, history and music technology. All of our ensembles perform at Franklin Pierce, throughout the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire and beyond.

The Arts at Franklin Pierce

In addition to Mass Communication and Music major and minor programs, the University offers a wide array coursework in theater, dance, fine arts and graphic design and communications as part of our core curriculum. Students benefit from involvement in large-scale performances, exhibitions, and participation in internships, as well as local and national festivals.




Richard Block
Professor of Graphic Communications
B.A., Harpur College of the State University of New York at Binghamton
M.F.A., Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts, Bard College

Sally Bomer
Theatre Arts - Dance
B.A., Vassar College

Lou Bunk
Assistant Professor of Music/Music Technology
B.A., Central Connecticut State University
M.A., Washington University
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Paul Bush
Associate Professor of Mass Communication
B.A., Bucknell University, M.A.,
Vermont College of Norwich University
M.F.A., Goddard College

Robert Diercks
Professor of Graphic Communications
B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art
M.A., University of New Mexico
M.F.A., Pennsylvania State University

Eva Goodman
Fine Arts
B.F.A., Washington University
M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design

Peggy Rae Johnson
B.A. Eastern Illinois University

Robert Johnson
Artist's Diploma, Boston Conservatory

Al Karevy
Fine Arts
B.A., Keene State College

Les Kozaczek
Mass Communication
B.A., Franklin Pierce College
M.A., Dartmouth College

Kimberly LaPointe

B.Mus., Ithaca College
M.M., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Robert Lawson
Professor of Theatre Arts
B.A., Vassar College
M.F.A., New York University

K. Lear
Theatre Arts
B.A., Goneril College
M.F.A., Earl of Gloucester University

Kathleen G. Manfre
Theatre Arts
B.A., University of Dayton,
M.A., University of Northern Colorado

Denise G. Nolan
B.Mus., Keene State College
B.S., Franklin Pierce College
M.M., University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Floyd D. Oster
A.A., Keene State College

Richard L. Page

B.A., Westfield State College

Stefanie Pender
Lecturer, Fine Arts
B.S.  Cornell University
M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design

Douglas F. Perkins
B.M., University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music  
M.M., A.D., Yale University

Richard Roth
Associate Professor of Mass Communication
B.S., State University of New York, Brockport
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
M.S., Syracuse University
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Scott Sanchez
Lecturer - Music
B.Mus., University of Denver
M.Mus., Yale University

Ukumbwa Sauti
Lecturer, Mass Communication
B.A., Rochester Institute of Technology
M.Ed., Cambridge College

Paul Scharfenberger
Associate Professor of Music
B.Mus., University of Lowell
M.A., Keene State College

Cornelia Schwartz
Lecturer - Music
B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School

James Sharrock
Lecturer - Music
B.A., M.A., Louisiana State University Terry Silverman, Fine Arts
B.A., Oakland University

Susan Silverman
Assistant Professor, Fine Arts
B.S., Smith College
M.F.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Richard Silvestro
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
B.S., State University of New York College at Brockport
M.F.A., Yale School of Drama

Nathan Sullivan
Assistant Professor, Fine Arts
B.F.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst M.F.A., Syracuse University

Elsa Voelcker
Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts
B.A., Boston University
M.F.A., Visual Studies Workshop
State University of New York, Buffalo

Heather Weibel Tullio
Assistant Professor of Mass Communication
B.A., Wesleyan University
M.A., University of Iowa
M.F.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Blake Wood
Lecturer of Mass Communication
Germaine School of Photography, Franklin Institute

Dorothy Yanish
Lecturer, Music
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.Mus., Catholic University of America School of Music

Phyllis Zrzavy
Chair, Visual and Performing Arts Division
Professor of Mass Communication
B.S., B.Phil., M.Ed., Miami University
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University